“He fought a long and tough fight, he died peacefully and painlessly in his mother’s arms. He was the brightest star I’ve ever known. I’ll never forget the impact my boy made on this earth. He truly was a warrior. He was suffering, now he’s at peace, shine bright my wee warrior. Rest in peace our beautiful son,” said Michael Gerry Fotheringham McConnell.
It’s well known that parents will do anything for their children, even give their own lives to save them. While none would want to be in this situation, many have to risk everything at times to keep their little ones safe.
It was a moment like this for Michael Gerry Fotheringham McConnell, 33, father of five (Keira, Rebecca, Lacey, Winter and Thomas), who was expecting a sixth baby with his fiancée, Stephanie Brown. Neither expected this to turn into a dangerous scenario.
According to the Daily Mail, the 29-year-old mother suffered complications in the 18th week of pregnancy, when she began leaking amniotic fluid (the substance that surrounds and protects the fetus). Michael didn’t know what decision to make under the circumstances because the lives of both mother and baby were at risk.
“The doctor that would deliver took me to one side and asked, ‘if push comes to shove, who survives? Mother or baby?’”, recalled Michael, from England. Although the doctor asked him to choose between the life of his loved one or the child, he decided they would go ahead to try to save both lives.
Taking all the risks, their sixth child, Mickey Robert Gerry Fotheringham McConnell, was born, weighing only 538 grams. He had to spend three months in the hospital, but the baby didn’t survive and eventually died at the age of eight months.
To honor his little boy, Michael called him a “wee warrior” as he gave him his final farewell message. “He’s the brightest star I’ve ever known,” the father said. Fortunately, the mother survived it all.
The family suffered a lot with everything they went through in those moments of uncertainty. “I was terrified when I saw all these people and the looks on their faces told me the severity of Stephanie’s condition. When I learned my fiancée’s life was in danger, my heart froze. All I cared about at that moment was her being okay,” the father said.
“Everyone was skeptical about his survival. I’ve been by Stephanie’s side through the worst and scariest times of my life. With her losing fluid, having to hold Mickey in her body for 6 weeks, it was exhausting, physically and mentally,” he added.
Although the baby was able to be born and the parents even took him home, doctors had warned that he might not survive. Sadly, the baby died on July 24th.
“He fought a long and tough fight, he died peacefully and painlessly in his mother’s arms. He was the brightest star I’ve ever known. I’ll never forget the impact my boy made on this earth. He truly was a warrior. He was suffering, now he’s at peace, shine bright my wee warrior. Rest in peace our beautiful son,” said Michael.